In 2017, the state paid around €2.6 million to Luxembourg's political parties, according to a court of auditors report released on Monday.
The largest amount went to opposition party the CSV, which received €878,665, followed by the DP (€443,160), LSAP (€409,810), Déi Gréng (€345,180), ADR (€218,565), Déi Lénk (€171,530) and Piraten (€136,570). The PID and the KPL, for their part, do not receive any public funding.
Under Luxembourg law, public aid may not exceed 75% of the party’s total income. According to the report, the 75% threshold was respected by all parties. All accounts and balance sheets must be shared annually with the prime minister and parliament speaker. The names of donors giving over €250 must, meanwhile, be indicated. The accounts for all the parties that received funding can be viewed here.
The report noted that social networks are increasingly being used by political parties and their representatives to promote ideas and actions. It suggested a review of how to address these new forms of political communication in relation to political party financing.
In a summary of discussions on the parliament website, the Chamber of Deputies wrote that ministers supported a review of social media uses, particularly during elections campaigns. The discussions come after ministers expressed a wish to amend legislation on financing political parties to make the system more transparent and to analyse the impact of campaigns by individuals and parties on social networks.